Thursday, November 7, 2013


Photo courtesy Flickr

Now and then I have to leave the house a little sooner than usual, and I become aware of every second that is available to leave the place in good shape for my return. The principle is to leave things ready to use the next time they are wanted.

I realized how important it is to have room in a drawer, cupboard, closet, or transit case easily to stow whatever belongs there. The slightest hesitation or stress in the process means it’s easier to leave something sitting out rather than where I’ll look for it the next time I want it (close to where I’ll use it first). The Shakers maintained that if one can put something down, one can put it away.

I’ve long assumed that a storage area should be no more than 80% full. Now I know why.


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